The 'Authentizotic' Organization: Creating Best Places to Work

11 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2018

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Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

INSEAD - Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Date Written: April 25, 2018


Given the importance of individual psychological well-being for effective organizational performance, leaders would be wise to create healthy places to work — places that contribute to, and reinforce adaptive functioning. The best places to work can be described as “authentizotic” — derived from the Greek words authenteekos and zoteekos. An organization that is authentic inspires employees through the integrity of its vision, mission, values, culture and structure. Zoteekos, meaning “vital to life”, when applied to an organizational context implies that people are invigorated by their workplace and find in it a sense of balance and completeness.

This article describes 12 patterns that differentiate authentizotic organizations from more run-of-the-mill places of work. While sceptics may find the idea utopian, it argues that leaders would do well to imbue their organizations with authentizotic qualities and concludes with a checklist to help the reader identify authentizotic characteristics in their own workplace.

Keywords: Authentizotic, Trust, Team Culture, Fair Process, Value-Based Leadership, Sense of Community, Fun, Having a Voice, Learning Organization, Life Balance, Utopia, Best Place to Work Checklist

Suggested Citation

Kets de Vries, Manfred F.R., The 'Authentizotic' Organization: Creating Best Places to Work (April 25, 2018). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2018/16/EFE. Available at SSRN: or

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